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12 B. Bull. B. Ass'n Erie Cnty. 1 (1949)

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lir  THE BAR ASSOCIATION OF ERIE COUNTY              Permit No. 2639
Vol. 12-No. 1        Hotel  Statler, Buffalo, 2, N. Y.    February, 1949

Progress Report Of
The Bar Association
T HE President and Directors of the Association cor-
dially invite the lawyers of Buffalo and Erie County
to contribute to the columns of this-the enlarged Bar
Bulletin. Besides articles pertaining to up-to-the-minute
legal topics you are urged to send in matters of interest
to the legal fraternity and the community as a whole,
as well as constructive criticism or suggestions.
Last year we received the whole-hearted and able
co-operation of the Dean, the Faculty and the Student
Body of the University of Buffalo Law School in the
publication of the Bulletin. The results were roundly
acclaimed by the Bar. This year, again, the Law School
is giving its utmost help in the same direction. The
work being done by the students is accomplished under
distinct handicaps because of the construction of the
new law school.
Any lawyer having a library available for the use of
one or more students of the University, at a time when
it is convenient, is urged to lend such facility to the
embryonic barrister. It is requested that this information
be supplied either to this Association or to the Law
School.
It is in the best interest of each individual practi-
tioner, as well as the Bar as a whole, that each lawyer
in Buffalo and Erie County be a member of the Asso-
ciation. For this reason, and because of the widened
scope of the activities of the Association, it is the aim
of the officers, directors and membership committee
to impress upon non-members the necessity for a united
front and the advantages to be derived therefrom. If
you know of a prospective member who has not been
contacted please call William J. Daetsch, Jr., Chairman
of the Committee, or the Secretary at Headquarters.
Your Association has been housed in the Hotel
Statler for more than a year. Numerous social and edu-
cational gatherings have been held in these newly
furnished and decorated rooms. These Headquarters
are yours and you are urged to use them.
Each year this Association brings you outstanding
speakers for the noonday meetings and for various
functions.
PROGRESS REPORT
(Continued on Page Three)

Motives For Murder-
Fiction And Fact
By CHARLES S. DESMOND
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals
F ICTIONAL murders are much stranger than mur-
ders in fact. The complex motives, intricate plan-
ning and devious methods with which our writers of de-
tective stories tease and confuse us, are missing from the
records of real murders. Murders in life spring from
sudden rage or brooding hate or lust, jealousy, greed
or drunkenness. You will look through a lot of court
records before you find a homicide whose motivation
would serve for the simplest radio mystery, much less
for a full-length detective story. The mystery writer
would have to mix and blend into one plot the ingredi-
ents of a dozen true life crimes-and maybe that is what
the writer does.
The New York Court of Appeals has been passing
on murder cases for just about a hundred years. In
the century since 1847, it has dealt with almost a thou-
sand of them. As a representative sample, one hundred
such prosecutions are here examined and analyzed. The
striking fact is that in every instance the motive shown
was a single and simple one. The two largest groups,
each containing twenty-four cases, are killings growing
out of quarrels, and those committed during thefts of
one kind or other. The quarrels were of every possible
kind, and in most the trouble started over trivial dis-
putes and disagreements. The theft cases, too, were of
every conceivable description, though the majority had
to do with armed hold-ups. For some reason, the so-
called crimes of passion (those not done for gain)
have become fewer with the years, and the murders for
money have grown correspondingly more numerous.
The complex controls of modern life, and the slow dis-
appearance of the pioneer aspects of our civilization,
have tamed down the wilder passions, it would seem.
But the root of all evil grows apace, with no sign of
a crop failure.
Next in numerical importance are the husband-and-
wife killings. In sixteen of our homicide cases a husband
MOTIVES FOR MURDER
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